Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lawal will return to Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech forward Gani Lawal plans to pull out of the NBA draft before Monday's 5 p.m. deadline, the forward told ESPN.com.

"I'm going back to school," Lawal said, according to the website. "I sat down with my family and after going through this positive experience, where I learned a lot and got a lot of exposure, I realized the best thing for me to do was to go back."

Lawal, who averaged 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds last season, will be key for the Jackets, who won only two ACC games. Lawal's return, along with the addition of highly-touted forward Derrick Favors, should pull Tech out of the league dungeon next season — and perhaps even into NCAA tournament contention.

-- Robbi Pickeral

3 comments:

MichaelProcton said...

Ha. Paul Hewitt will make sure the team underperforms regardless of how much talent they have. Maybe they can make the NIT semis or something.

As for Lawai, this was a good move. He'll go from being a late-first rounder to a likely lotto pick next year, with the top 5-10 a possibility.

Anonymous said...

Exactly right. Hewitt would lose if he had Labron. We will put as much talent on the floor as anyone but we will still be mediocre.

Daniel said...

Don't Lawal and Favors play the same position?? Favors isn't coming to GT to play backup.